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VET reform protects students

The VET FEE-HELP loan scheme provides eligible VET students with loans to cover the cost of their higher level VET qualifications including Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses.

The Australian Government is strengthening the scheme’s design to ensure it protects vulnerable students, taxpayers, and the reputation of Australia’s high quality VET system. A suite of measures is being introduced to tighten VET marketing, recruitment and administration practises to provide better protection for students.

The reforms, designed to improve the protection of vulnerable students and the reputation of the broader VET system from unscrupulous providers, have been underway in 2015 and continue with a further Bill currently before parliament. Implementation guidelines for the reform measures will also be available. The VET FEE Help site is a useful resource in keeping up to date with the reforms which will include penalties and a formal reporting process for inappropriate conduct.

Examples of bad behaviour, which are well documented in the press, now being stamped out include:

  • The banning of inducements and marketing such as iPads at enrolment
  • Providers not being responsible for the actions of their agents
  • Debt incursion and impediments to a student’s ability to withdraw from a course
  • Misleading marketing such as “if you do this course you will get job x or earn $y
  • Collection of personal details such as tax file numbers, bank accounts and personal information

Further details about the action priority areas are included in the fact sheet.

A fact sheet for students is also available.

From 1 January 2016, approved VET FEE-HELP providers will be required to meet and publish Entry Procedure Requirements and to assess whether a person wishing to access VET FEE-HELP meets the mandatory entry requirements prior to their enrolling a person in a VET course of study (Diploma or above qualification).

The Department requires a mandatory minimum level of LLN where a person would have a reasonable chance to actively participate in the higher level course and significant work and consultation is underway to ensure an appropriate balance of safeguards exist.


PUBLISHED IN Latest News ON October 22, 2015

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